Friday, June 5, 2009

Brennan and Jackson's Soda Pop Shop

Our neighbor across the street is having a garage sale. Yeah for a bunch of deal seeking folks from all walks of life trampsing down my nice, quiet street. He suggested the boys set up a lemonade stand and sell sodas.
Of course my money loving (they play with change like it is a toy) boys were excited to do this.
I spent about $20 on Mr. Pibb, Diet Coke, Coke, Country Time Lemonade, Kool-aid pouches and some treats (M&M's, KitKats, Little Debbies) I told the boys they had to pay me back for the investment before they earned any money.
Who am I kidding? I am not making my adorable babies pay for the soda. Their happiness and excitement are payment enough. (That and every time Brennan has been naughty I have taken some of his money) Also, they have eaten about half the treats and drank about six Kool Aid pouches, so they'd owe themselves more money then they made.
Day one (the first picture with jackets and the handwritten signs) brought in $8.25...not bad considering Brennan snuck across the street about ten times buying random small trinkets. Mostly bells. That broke. Because they were glass. And not toys. Especially not toys for little boys. Good thing they were a quarter each.
Thursday was in 61 degrees at 9:30! Not too many people out for sales that morning (though they really do come on Thursdays, weird, hm?) but that afternoon warmed up and Brennan sat outside all afternoon (after a nice 2 hour trip to the park with friends) and made some cash. He listened to my I-pod, played LEGOS and made money. Good times.
Last night I remade their sign because A) I don't know if people could read it B) Jackson spilled some Kool-Aid all over the first one.
Today they have made $5 so far...maybe a few more to come? Probably not because we are closing shop at 4 to get ready to go to the circus tonight. (The sale goes until 5 and yesterday evening a lot of neighbors stopped by) Today Jackson made his first independent sale and it was so cute. Today Jackson got $1.50 and ran to find Brennan and brag the second the he said "Thank you." Today is warmer then yesterday so no jackets needed to be dug out of the winter clothes bins. Today we had fun (after I baked an adorable birtday cake that I actually got PAID to far for cakes I've earned a t.v. for the basement {score!} and $25...the lady thought it was $35, but I still feel like my cakes are sub-par...I hope she likes it. Strawberry with cream cheese frosting, but I digress)
I wonder if the boys learned anything from this experience...They will learn what paying 10% in tithing is like (that's good, get them used to it now). They learned patience as they sit/sat and waited. They learned about working together as one ran inside to get a drink they did not have in the ice chest...maybe they even learned a little bit about kindness to others. They defintely learned if you keep going across the street and buying Mommy "presents" of purses for a quarter, you will lose the power to hold the money jar.
That's what I think they will learn...I will have to ask them later.

Oh, and one cute story about the POP SHOP: Today Brennan was sitting inside watching t.v. when we noticed someone outside. He ran out the door yelling, "I'm the owner of this shop!" It was so funny that the lady gave him an extra dollar.

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Diana said...

that's too cute!!! "I'm the owner of this shop"!!! LOVE IT!

MamabearMills said...

too cute! i lvoe it! sounds like my son "HEY I OWN THIS PLACE!!!!" hahah

Lori O said...

that is so fun. i can't wait till my boys are big enough to do that kind of stuff.

Unknown said...

What an adorable idea. I really want to try this with my daughter. I'm thinking of taking her fake cash register outside, and her kitchen...ooh, this could be fun. I'll keep you posted if I decide to be brave and do it. =)

Jillian said...

I remember when I used to do stuff as a kid, ah that brings back memories!!

Beth said...

that is just too cute!

Unknown said...

Haha, that is too cute! I might just have to let my boys make a little stand when it's time for my rummage.

Megan R. said...

So, how much did they end up making, and how much did you end up losing??